\ ˈsēk How to pronounce seek (audio) \
sought\ ˈsȯt How to pronounce seek (audio) \; seeking

Definition of seek

transitive verb

1 : to resort to : go to
2a : to go in search of : look for
b : to try to discover
3 : to ask for : request seeks advice
4 : to try to acquire or gain : aim at seek fame
5 : to make an attempt : try used with to and an infinitive governments … seek to keep the bulk of their people contented— D. M. Potter

intransitive verb

1 : to make a search or inquiry
2a : to be sought
b : to be lacking in critical judgment … they were sadly to seekThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

Other Words from seek

seeker noun

Examples of seek in a Sentence

The office is seeking a salesperson. The prince is seeking a wife. Snakes seek the sun to warm their bodies. You should visit your doctor and seek his advice. You should seek medical help immediately if you experience any chest pain or shortness of breath. The church is seeking donations. He sought revenge for his son's murder. During the war, she sought asylum in Spain. They sought refuge in Canada. The company is seeking new ways to improve service. See More
Recent Examples on the Web In anticipation of the passage of more restrictive laws, advocacy groups are promoting education on digital privacy and sharing information on how to seek reproductive health services safely online. Jennifer Korn And Clare Duffy, CNN, 24 June 2022 The current levy is set to expire at the end of 2023, which means the district ostensibly has three chances to seek renewal on a ballot. John Benson, cleveland, 23 June 2022 In response to Mannix’s claims, Gutman said the governor’s decision to give 73 juvenile offenders an opportunity to seek parole is a procedure that would allow district attorneys and victims to have the chance to be heard in front of a parole board. oregonlive, 23 June 2022 But a separate analysis of the same study data that might allow PTC to seek approval in the U.S. failed to reach statistical significance. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 23 June 2022 Weier, who experts testified was not as ill as Geyser but had come under her influence, agreed to not seek release from institutional commitment for three years; Bohren granted it last year. Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2022 The vast scope of the Philips recall — which covers numerous models manufactured for more than a decade — has sent a flood of people to seek new machines at a time when supply chains are already strained. Emily Alpert Reyesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 That same sentiment has roused many Asian Americans over the past few years, inspiring some of us to seek solidarity and coalition, and others to take up arms in self-defense. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 23 June 2022 This is where client preferences, interests, historical behavior, peer behavior and preferred outcome can all be brought together to seek to automatically optimize experiences. Shane Williams, Forbes, 22 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of seek

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for seek

Middle English seken, from Old English sēcan; akin to Old High German suohhen to seek, Latin sagus prophetic, Greek hēgeisthai to lead

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26 Jun 2022

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“Seek.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈsēk How to pronounce seek (audio) \
sought\ ˈsȯt \; seeking

Kids Definition of seek

1 : to try to find seek help … foxes called to each other, seeking again their lifelong mates.— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
2 : to try to win or get He sought revenge.
3 : to make an attempt Doctors are seeking to find a cure.

Choose the Right Synonym for seek

seek, search, and hunt mean to look for something. seek may be used in looking for either material or mental things. She's always seeking new friends. I seek the truth. search is used when looking for something in a very careful, thorough way. We searched all over the house for the letter. hunt is used for a long pursuit. I hunted all day for the right present.

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